This chapter will review contemporary theories on social development through childhood and adolescence, and their relevance for social work practice with young people. Major themes in adolescent development will be explored, such as peer and romantic relationships, identity formation (including ethnic and gender identity), the pressures of contemporary media and social networking. The particular relevance of these theories for working with adolescents living in substitute forms of parental care, such as foster care, will be examined in detail. The issues will also be explored from a cross-cultural perspective as applicable.
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- Social development: From childhood to adolescence
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